Wednesday, August 7, 2019

PRRD consistent in addressing IP concerns—AFP official

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 7, 2019): PRRD consistent in addressing IP concerns—AFP official

Eastern Mindanao Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Ernesto Torres at the turn-over of immediate assistance to 38 rebel returnees in Asuncion, Davao del Norte.

DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has shown in a number of times his resolve to address the concerns of indigenous people.

Brig. Gen. Ernesto Torres, deputy commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, told leaders and members of indigenous people who turned against the communist New People’s Army (NPA) that the assistance given them by the government manifested the sincerity of President Duterte to address their concerns.

In a recent visit of President Duterte in Tagum City, he turned over housing units to IP returnee-residents of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. He made sure that needed government services for them to acquire livelihood skills and education for their children would be made available for them.

Representing Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Carlito Galvez, Torres extended thanks to the returnees of their decision to trust the government, renounce the underground communist movement and live in the mainstream.

“Ang panaghimamat nato karong higayona, nagpakita kung unsa ka matinud-anon ang atong mahal na Presidente sa iyang mga saad sa inyo (This opportune time for us to meet is showing the sincerity of our dear President to his promises to you),” he said in apparent referrence to government programs crafted to lead returnees out of their old subversive life.

OPAPP extended non-food and food immediate assistance to returnees in addition to what had been given to them by other government agencies. Among the immediate assistance given during the ceremonial turnover at the headquarters of the 60th Infantry Battalion in Asuncion, Davao del Norte were sacks of rice, canned sardines and sets of toiletries including bath towels.

Torres told them of the unified effort of the national and local governments, including the Armed Forces to solve insurgency problem by addressing its root causes, among which are poverty and failure of government to deliver services to remote communities.

Others in attendance were Maj. Gen. Jose C. Faustino, commander of the 10th Infantry Division; Governor Edwin Jubahib; Maria Theresa Timbol of the municipality of Kapalong; Lt. Col. Gilbert Ombos, commander of 60th Infantry Battalion and DILG Davao del Norte Provincial Director Abito Benasor. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron Abangan)

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